Even if the emo revival could be argued to be as much of an media-driven inside job as a tangible phenomenon, some of the music it refers to is worth the fuss. Enter Special Explosion, a Seattle-based quartet whose upcoming The Art of Mothering EP, due February 25 on Topshelf Records, draws on acts such as Built to Spill and the Anniversary. On their latest single, "Hide," the band's previously established riffage coagulates into rumbling sprawl and lurches along a herky-jerky rhythm as peals of guitars poke in and out of the landscape. It's tension pulled between polar extremes, that builds to a hushed admission of weakness ("I'm closing off to you") before a cathartic scream loops into Mascisian outro.
Listen to "Hide" below and scroll down to find Special Explosion's upcoming tour dates.
Special Explosion Tour Dates:
February 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
February 17 - Laramie, WY @ University of Wyoming
February 18 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown JR
February 19 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio w/ Caravels
February 20 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo w/ Caravels
February 21 - Chicag,o IL @ Township w/ Joie De Vivre
February 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Turtle Den w/ Run Forever
February 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Now Thats Class
February 24 - Syracuse, NY @ Spark Contemporary Gallery w/ The World is...
February 25 - Cohoes, NY @ The Icehouse
February 26 - New York, NY @ Suburbia w/ Alex G
February 28 - Middletown, CT @ Eclectic Society
March 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca w/ Alex G
March 2 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Us & Us
March 3 - College Park, MD @ Hostage House
March 4 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
March 5 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground
March 6 - Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot
March 20 - Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest